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and Performing Arts College

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May 2019

Year 10 Parent and Carer Bulletin May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

WOW, what a half term it has been! It has been fantastic to see students beginning to make preparations for their year 10 mock examinations. This will be the first formal opportunity students will have to sit GCSE examinations under strict examination conditions. Towards the end of this bulletin you will find the JCQ guidelines outlining the expectations of students under formal examination conditions.

You may be aware that there has been a minor adjustment to the year 10 examination timetable, details of which can be found on our website.

Inside this bulletin you will find subject specific information that will support your young person through this process.


This term, students have been working incredibly hard recapping skills for GCSE English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives ahead of the end of Year 10 exams.

All of Year 10 will sit one exam in June for GCSE English Language. They will have two non - fiction articles to read and will be expected to answer four questions based on their reading. Then, students will need to produce a piece of non-fiction writing based on a statement linked to the topic of the articles.

To prepare for the exam, your son / daughter should ensure that they go over their class notes on this subject and work on the targets they have been given. They should also be revisiting previous revision homework on Language Paper 2 for practice tasks.

The writing task is an opportunity for students to express their viewpoints on a certain topic. Previous tasks have prompted students to discuss their views on whether parents are over protective, what makes a good education and whether cars should be banned. Therefore, an awareness of current affairs is an enormous advantage. Over half term it would be wonderful if you could watch a range of news programmes or documentaries with your son / daughter and discuss the issues in the programme.

In addition, there are many useful resources on websites such as BBC Bitesize and students may wish to watch revision videos on YouTube.

All students continue to have both a GCSE English Language and a GCSE English Literature homework set on Doddle each fortnight to support their studies. These will form the basis of their revision over the two year course and should be kept neatly in the folders provided by school.

To further support their Literature studies, pupils could recap the plot of ‘Macbeth’ by watching a film version or begin pre-reading of ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’.


Students should be continuing to use the PiXL maths app as part of their revision. The key to revision with maths is little and often, students should be aiming to complete a minimum of 5-10 minutes per day on the PiXL maths app. Students should be trying to increase their score by approximately 10 points per week.

 Past papers are also a key part of revision. All students have access to a drop box account via doddle (the link has been assigned by Mr Wilson). Students should now be aiming to work through a paper under exam conditions and spending 1 hour 30 minutes on it before then using the mark schemes to mark their work and see where they can make improvements.

 Any students who purchased a revision guide via parent pay will receive these in the first week back after half term and we will discuss with students in lessons how best to use these to aid their revision.

 We are not expecting students to know every topic that will be covered on the exams, they will not have finished learning new topics until Christmas of year 11 so there will be some questions which they cannot answer. We are looking for students to be making a valid attempt at all questions they can and then seeing where they can gain method marks in some of the more difficult questions.

 Students will be sitting two past paper exams as their end of year exams (one calculator and one non-calculator). In summer 2020, students will sit one non-calculator paper and two non-calculator papers. Students will either sit the foundation or higher papers, the tier of entry will depend upon their attainment in the exams and performance in lessons over the next nine months. Students will need all of their equipment for both exams; including pencil, ruler, protractor, compass, and for the calculator exam, a calculator!


Year 10 students will sit mock exams for Science assessing the paper 1 content of the course. Mock exams start on the 20th June 2019.

Triple Science students: will sit 3 papers (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes in length

Double (Combined) Science students: will sit 3 papers (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Each paper is 1 hour in length.

The paper 1 content of the course is what the students have been taught throughout Y10 for all 3 Sciences and some of the topics studied in Y9.

Below is the overview of which topics will be assessed in each paper:

Exam paper topics

Biology topics 1 – 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Chemistry topics 1 – 5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Physics topics 1 – 4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Revision to support students preparing for examinations:

Revision guides: At the start of the year we recommend that all students purchased revision guides for Science. If your child has not got one, these are the ones we recommend:

Double science revision guide:



Triple science revision guides:




BBC Bitesize revision website- this has newly been updated for the new GCSE specification and is an excellent revision resource:

BBC Bitesize for Double (Combined Science) students:

BBC Bitesize for Tripe Science students:




Modern Foreign Languages

MFL exams – listening examination will be completed during lesson time (not tiered) based on Module 4.

Reading and writing examination will be completed in the hall – full foundation or higher writing paper (modules 1-4) followed by a selection of reading questions from Module 4.

Full speaking exam based on modules 1-4 will take place later in the year.

Physical Education (AKE and KAS):

Both GCSE groups have continued their excellent start to the qualification. Both groups are currently doing athletics during the practical component of the course, moving onto tennis next half term.


For their mock exam, students will have to revise the following units, which they have covered:

1.1.a The Skeleton

1.1.b The Muscles

1.1d The cardiovascular and respiratory system (current)

2.1a Engagement patterns

2.1b Commercialisation

2.1c Ethical issues

Cambridge National in Sport (MAH and CEW)

Both groups are working to completed their assessment in ‘reviewing their own performance’ in a selected sport. On the whole, students are working well to complete this.

Please remind your child that this piece of work contributes to their final grade so it is important they complete it to the best of their ability.

We are still waiting for video evidence for students who play a sport outside of school e.g. Lacrosse, Horse riding, Tennis. Students have been told if they need to provide video evidence.

Catch up sessions are available Monday afterschool (3-4pm) in Room 7 for all students 

Religious Studies

Over half term all students should be preparing for their forthcoming mock examination.   Their RS teachers will have spent a lesson prior to half term telling students about the layout of the exam and giving them revision resources.

In preparation for the exam, students should be revising all the work in their exercise books (both the purple and yellow ones) as all topics studies so far may be on the exam.

The topics that students have covered so far are:

Christianity: Worship and festivals

Christianity: Key beliefs, Christ and salvation

Christianity: Role of the church in the local and wider community

Themes: Crime and punishment

Themes: Relationships and families

At present, there is no need for students to purchase revision guides, they have all the sufficient information in their exercise books.   In Year 11 students will be issued with departmental revision materials, but if you wish to use one at this stage to aid Year 10 revision, the details of where to purchase it can be found below:


Students should use May half term to get prepared for their Year 10 History examination. The students will be sitting 2 papers. One paper will be on medicine from the Middle Ages to the end of the Industrial Revolution and the other paper will be on the USA, civil rights and Vietnam. Listen out for advice on revision technique in class and look out for revision material on doddle

Product Design

After half term the year 10’s will be starting their major course work which will be worth 50% of their final GCSE grade. Over half term, 3 contextual challenges will be released by Edexcel. The first lesson back we will be letting the students know what these are so they can choose one which will give them scope for creativity and also engage them for the coming year. They will be deciding on a design problem to solve, linked to their chosen challenge, and designing and manufacturing a fully working prototype to solve this problem. This prototype will then need to be fully tested by their chosen user group.  We will have basic materials in stock (such as MDF, Plywood and Acrylic) ready for their manufacturing but if any student requires any specific type of material, including fixings such as hinges or finishes such as spray paint etc, we do ask if you can support our department and purchase these for your child.

Students will bring home their theory folders to start revision after the half term break, and all that we have covered could come up on this exam, just like in their final summer examinations. The exam will be for 1hr45minutes and (in the summer) will be worth 50% of their final GCSE grade so it is imperative that they revise and complete this mock examination as well as their potential allows so we know our focus areas for year 11 revision and exam technique lessons.


Students have a list of mock topics handed out in lesson and have a blue and a white text book to revise from.

Food Technology

Students have question booklets available to buy via parent pay. The questions are in an exam context. These can be collected from the Food office in room 57.

Art, Craft & Design

The Yr10 Art, Craft & Design students have now started their second coursework project. The two groups will pursue similar themes with their teachers but they will not both complete the same project.

The Yr11 GCSE students have an end of year show during early July and the Yr10’s will have their first project on display in school. Invitation for the exhibition of work will be sent out after half term when the date has been finalised.


The GCSE Photography students have been tackling a project on distorted portraits. The students are now starting the process of developing their final piece ideas for this project. They will be using their previous work for the project and creating ideas combining these together to produce new work.

Project Task 5- Present the Photographs

Students have experimented with photography and digital techniques to produce a quantity of distorted portraits. (Task 5 sheet). This work is to be presented in their portfolios for submission after half term.

The Art Department can be found on Instagram at ‘Poynton Art Dept’.

Business Studies


Revision guide

All students have been provided with a copy of this resource


Exam practice workbook

Students may benefit from this additional resource (£5.99 from CGP) 


Course specification and specimen papers


Other activities for revision and checking knowledge

BBC Bitesize app highly recommended for all subjects



Top tips

  1. You must learn the key terms e.g. opportunity cost, stakeholder conflict
  2. Use appropriate Business language and avoid generalisations e.g. it, they, money, things, something (QWC)
  3. Read the question – ONE benefit of..
  4. Answer the question you’ve been set – explaining one drawback of an LTD is different to the describing the benefits of becoming a PLC; is it about the franchisor or franchisee?
  5. Develop your response in more detail – BLT / WWWWWH
  6. Use logical chains of analysis and don’t jump straight to profit
  7. Don’t forget the such as sauce – use relevant examples
  8. Use the case study in your response (the answers are usually in there)
  9. Use the numerical data in your response e.g. profit, revenue, % change, growth rates
  10. Structure your essays to include 2 detailed paragraphs and a clear conclusion


Please do not hesitate in contacting us if you have any concerns or questions, exams can be extremely stressful for students so please do let us know if you would like support or if you have any questions at all.

Have a lovely, restful…revision packed break and we will look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 3rd June

Thank you for your continued support.


Rhian Dempsey (                                        

Year 10 Director of Learning       

Anne Handby (

Welfare Leader (Years 10 and 11)